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The end is near.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Tyler Durden, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2001 Messages: 5,263 Likes Received: 40
    Lately I've been feeling very cheery.
    Let's look at a few things that WILL eventually lead to our demise.

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    Yellowstone National Park is a huge super volcano.

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    Goodbye farmland. Hello ash, starvation, and economic collapse...

    According to a few sites, we're either "overdue" by about 40,000 years for an eruption, or we're not at any sort of risk in the "forseeable future". The USGS site is being a bitch for me at the moment, but once I find some more reliable sources I'll post them.






    Moving right along, MEGA TSUNAMIS!
    The Discovery Channel is airing something in a week or two about a situation off the northwest US coast, apparently the setup there is almost identical to the one where the Asian tsunami happened last year. My main interest in mega tsunamis lies in the Canary Islands off of North Africa:

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    And of course, theres always the lovely idea of being killed off by Gamma Ray Bursts.... The most powerful known explosions in the universe.

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    A few of the sources I ran across equate a GRB within a thousand light years of us to a thermonuclear explosion across the entire planet all at once. The light would be a million times brighter than our own sun, anything less than 50 feet below the earths surface would be killed, and even if you were underground youd eventually suffocate or starve.


    Back to work...
     
  2. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 14,171 Likes Received: 272
    just kill yourselves now

    give the rest of us some room to breathe
     
  3. Neskoner

    Neskoner New Jack

    Joined: Jan 6, 2003 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 1
  4. dumy

    dumy Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 5,056 Likes Received: 0
    ok ok ok..

    Shark..qaulity thread + excellent presentation..
     
  5. Sparoism

    Sparoism Guest

    And whatever is left over after all this mayhem, it's a given that George Bush will handle it.

    He's got the bunker. He's got the numbers...who needs a brain when you're in charge of the "free world"? That's crazy talk.
     
  6. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
  7. The federal response to Katrina sent a clear message: You're on your own. Hurricanes are just the beginning, though. There are plenty of other disasters - natural and technological - you can look forward to dealing with. And that doesn't even include terrorist attacks. Ready?

    America's Next Top Disasters

    Ranking determined by likelihood and potential impact

    1. Levee Failure in the Sacramento Delta
    2. Flooding in the Upper Mississippi
    3. Indian Point Meltdown
    4. Earthquake in Missouri
    5. Eruption at Yellowstone
    6. Tornadoes in Dallas
    7. Landslide at Mount Rainier
    8. Tsunami on the Eastern Seaboard
    9. Massive Power Failure in Boston
    10. Rupture in the Alaska Oil Pipeline






    Rupture in the Alaska Oil Pipeline

    The Alaska pipeline was built to withstand everything its designers could think of. But the supports for the pipeline are anchored in permafrost, which is now melting. Up to a third of the uprights are out of alignment, and more will be at risk if the thaw continues. A pipeline break would jeopardize 850,000 barrels of oil per day - 11 percent of the nation's capacity.

    Likelihood: Low. (Admitting you have a problem is the first step to fixing it.)

    People affected: Entire US population, potentially






    Landslide at Mount Rainier

    According to the US Geological Survey, Mount Rainier presents the "greatest volcanic hazard" in the Cascade Range because there are so many people in its shadow. The USGS says an eruption could melt Rainier's glacier, sending rivers of volcanic mud and ash - a moving wall of cement - toward Puget Sound.

    Likelihood: Medium. Such slides occur once or twice a millennium. It's been 550 years since the last one.

    People affected: 2.4 million






    Eruption at Yellowstone

    Yellowstone's pretty geysers and hot springs are powered by one of the world's most active volcanic systems. Previous eruptions buried most of North America - really - from Arkansas to Oregon, Canada to Mexico. The next one could do the same.

    Likelihood: Low. But not zero.

    People affected: Depending on the size of the eruption, anywhere from tens to hundreds of millions






    Levee Failure in the Sacramento Delta

    Next to New Orleans, the capital of California is more dependent on levees than any other US city. Built on the banks of a river, most of Sacramento is 15 to 20 feet below water level. According to UC Davis geologist Jeffrey Mount, there's a better-than-even chance that the levees will fail by midcentury, jeopardizing the water supply of 22 million Americans.

    Likelihood: High. 66 percent in the next 50 years.

    People affected: 22 million






    Flooding in the Upper Mississippi

    When you try to contain a river, you're bound to spill some. The very qualities that made the banks of the Mississippi the perfect place to start a village also make it the worst place to build anything permanent. The river produces spectacular floods about once every 20 years, no matter what we do to stop it.

    Likelihood: High. The last great floods were in 1993, so we're coming due.

    People affected: 72 million - everyone in the Mississippi floodplain






    Tornadoes in Dallas

    The National Weather Service is worried about a tornado cluster over Dallas at rush hour. The fear: A big twister traps 87,000 people in their cars and causes nearly $3 billion in property damage, making it the one of the most destructive tornadoes in US history.

    Likelihood: Medium. Dallas has dodged the bullet. So far.

    People affected: 5.7 million






    Massive Power Failure in Boston

    A dearth of new power plants combined with a growing population means that New England is poised for summer blackouts by 2008. A blackout caused by a heat wave, like the one that hit Chicago in 1995, would be wicked bad.

    Likelihood: Medium. Depends on whether new power plants get built.

    People affected: 14 million






    Indian Point Meltdown

    In the mid-1950s, it seemed like a good idea to have a nuclear reactor 35 miles from Manhattan. Now it doesn't. When sirens sound and the evacuation orders come, even the rich may not be able to leave, since half of New York City dwellers don't have access to a car.

    Likelihood: Medium. There could be one accident in 600,000 years of operation, or it could happen tomorrow.

    People affected: 21 million






    Earthquake in Missouri

    In 1811, New Madrid, Missouri, saw the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the lower 48; it rang church bells as far away as Boston. A large temblor along the fault line would hit St. Louis and Memphis, which lack effective earthquake building codes.

    Likelihood: High. 90 percent chance of a magnitude 6 or 7 quake in the next 50 years.

    People affected: 3.7 million






    Tsunami on the Eastern Seaboard

    A small volcanic Canary Island called La Palma controls the fate of the East Coast. A 1949 eruption caused the western side of the island to slip a few yards into the Atlantic. In a future seismic event, the 500-billion-ton ridge could slide farther into the ocean, resulting in a mega-tsunami that would strike the East Coast.

    Likelihood: Low. Might not happen for a few thousand years, if ever.

    People affected: Everyone on the eastern seaboard






    http://wired.com/wired/archive/13.11/start.html?pg=20
     
  8. With proper structures 6-7 earthquakes are shit. Been through it 3 times already.
     
  9. imported_b0b

    imported_b0b Guest

    "the sky is falling down"
     
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    "What are we talking about again?"
     
  11. Sparoism

    Sparoism Guest

    I've been through at least 5 easrthquakes in my time, up to a 7.1 (10/17/89 Loma Prieta) and you know what?

    I'm cooooooooool. I want to try out a 8.3 just for the hell of it.

    Tesseract, you're in Greece, correct? You and Japan have got it goin' ON!
     
  12. deformatron

    deformatron Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 496 Likes Received: 0
    YALL NIGGAZ CRAZY
    I AINT TRYINA DIE
     
  13. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    I'm surprised the "Big One"...as in earthquake in california is not on that list.

    And people always said Cali was the dangerous place to live.. looks like smooth sailing.
     
  14. ego maniac

    ego maniac Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 6, 2005 Messages: 2,786 Likes Received: 0
    Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa YEAHH!!!!!
    Ya'll better bend over an grab YER kneeeeees!
    The good LORD is'a comin soooooon!
     
  15. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2001 Messages: 5,263 Likes Received: 40
    The Discovery Channel had an interesting movie a few months ago about there being an eruption at Yellowstone. Interesting stuff.

    As for the Canary Island Tsunami idea, most everything I've read on it says that it's one of the more dire problems we're looking at. The last eruption in 1949 has basically set half the island to hang by a thread. Obviously, the volcano could erupt 10.... 15.... 100 more times and not have anything happen, but it seems that theres a very good chance that the next one could trigger this tsunami.


    I'm saying, really think about this, how fucked are we if something like that, or Yellowstone goes down?

    Aside from the MILLIONS of deaths that would happen very, very quickly, we're looking at an almost guaranteed collapse of the worlds economy and civilization as we know it. We're talking the VAST majority of the "worlds capitals" being wiped off the map. Forget the stock market crashing, it'll be under 40 fucking feet of water.


    Something I'm curious about, for all the structural engineers that reside on here.... Is do you think that any skyscrapers/tall structures would be left standing? I would think so, but we're talking about an incredibly destructive event.... All I know is, there wouldnt be any point in me attempting to evacuate. Every road, bridge, and tunnel would be gridlocked as people try to escape from Long Island, the outer boroughs, and Manhattan. So I would be inclined to consider getting to the top of the nearest tall building.
     
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